Kyla Fullenwider

Kyla Fullenwider

PhD in Transition Design

Kyla Fullenwider is a PhD Researcher and Teaching Fellow at the Carnegie Mellon School of Design.

Prior to Carnegie Mellon, she was Senior Advisor to the U.S. Surgeon General and adjunct faculty at Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service.

Kyla served as the first Chief Innovation Officer of the U.S. Census Bureau, the principal agency of the U.S. Statistical System, and co-founded the Census Open Innovation Labs. Before that, she served as a White House Presidential Innovation Fellow, an Obama administration initiative to modernize and humanize federal programs.

Prior to her time in government, Kyla led a diverse portfolio of work with a wide range of partners and clients including local governments (City of New York, City of Los Angeles), early stage companies (Etsy, GOOD), and cultural and educational institutions (Cooper Hewitt Design Museum, UCLA).

Previous teaching appointments include part-time faculty in the joint MA/MBA program at the Maryland Institute College of Art and Johns Hopkins University; founding faculty in the Products of Design MFA program at the School of Visual Arts; Visiting Professor at the American University of Rome; and research faculty at Georgetown University. Fellowship appointments include the Harvard Kennedy School's Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy and Georgetown University's Beeck Center.

Her work has been featured in the NY Times, LA Times, the Wall Street Journal, NPR and in case studies by the Harvard Business Review and the Annie E. Casey Foundation.